Definition of animosity
: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred : ill will or resentment tending toward active hostility : an antagonistic attitude
Examples of animosity in a Sentence
Few rivalries can match that of the Cards and Cubs in terms of history, color and animosity. Things are tense in an off year, but in 2003 the teams are at the top of the National League Central division (along with the Houston Astros), separated by a half-game. —John Grisham, New York Times Book Review, 1 May 2005
As I get older, I have noticed the troubles many of my friends have with their fathers: the animosities and disappointments, held so long in the arrears of late adolescence, suddenly coming up due on both ends. But my father and I, if anything, have gotten closer, even as I understand him less and less. —Tom Bissell, Harper's, December 2004
What I did not anticipate, however, was the depth of animosity that had been simmering among the teachers beneath the pleasantries that characterized our public, formal encounters. I discovered that my enthusiastic advocacy for whole language was received by traditional teachers as demeaning, insulting attacks. —Elaine Garan, Language Arts, September 1998
We put aside our personal animosities so that we could work together.
his open animosity towards us made our meeting very uncomfortable
Recent Examples of animosity from the Web
For President Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, the animosity that started years ago has never waned, except for a month-long period during the presidential transition.
Years later, once Prodigy -- bred in Hempstead -- got out of jail, both of the rappers had a phone call to quell any potential animosity between the two.
IMPACT faced an announcing dilemma for Slammiversary as broadcasters Josh Mathews and Jeremy Borash are wrestling in a tag-team match as the animosity between the two has boiled over in recent weeks.
Despite their animosity, the two were endorsed by the town’s Democratic Committee after each decided to seek another four-year term on the five-member council.
As the Associated Press reports: Lebanon is seeking to ban the new Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli—a reflection of how the decades-old animosity between the two neighbors is also infused in the cultural scene.
Odor is trying to distance himself from the infamous punch thrown at Jose Bautista, refusing to sign memorabilia relating to it and generally has tried to downplay any lingering animosity.
The capital of California, already whipped into a frenzy over that best-of-seven series of regional animosity, was poised to explode in communal delirium.
Tourists thronged all around us, and the two men talked excitedly about how new joint ventures were melting the animosity between their country and Syria.
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Where Does the Word animosity Come From?
The important Latin word animus (very closely related to anima) could mean a great many things having to do with the soul and the emotions, one of them being "anger". As an English word, animus has generally meant "ill will", so it isn't mysterious that animosity means basically the same thing. Animosity can exist between two people, two groups or organizations, or two countries, and can sometimes lie hidden for years before reappearing. The deep animosities that exist between certain ethnic and religious groups sometimes seem as if they will last forever.
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